Australia’s fruit growing industry and farmers cripple by a handful of needles

Whatever the reason for it, it’s impact on Australia has been far-reaching.

The industry — already on its knees — is struggling under the weight of trailer after trailer of wasted produce. And now copycats are making recovery efforts almost impossible.

Shoppers are avoiding strawberries that are available because of a fear — rational or otherwise — that their punnet might have been tampered with.

Just yesterday, we learned that a needle was found inside an apple being peeled by a Sydney mum for her daughter.

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“This can’t possibly be happening, not in apples,” the Kellyville mum said.

But yes, in apples, too.